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It should be possible to gain a rough idea of the problem from the tyre wear.

Choppy scalloped type wear suggests defective shocks or excessive wheel imbalance.

Wear of both shoulders or edges of a tyre or the centre of the tread indicates incorrect tyre pressures.

If both tyres are displaying a similar wear pattern on the same inside or outside shoulder indicates incorrect toe setting.

If one tyre has a shoulder that is wearing it indicates an incorrect camber angle.

If both tyres are wearing differently the problem is likely to be a combination.

The rear alignment of some cars is adjustable and slight misalignment can be corrected but often rectification comes down to replacing parts or even using a body jack to move mounting points.

I suggest you book your car in for a 4-wheel alignment check.

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SOURCE: Wearing inside of front tyre

if it is just the rt front then you have a camber problem on this side.it can be shimmed if nothing is bent or worn. should be able to trake it to a alignment shop and they can shim while aligning

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SOURCE: Uneven rear wheel tyre wear on Volkswagen Eos

Be sure that the screws that hold the wheel are firmly an uniformly screwed. Check if on the both sides you've got the same problem.

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SOURCE: uneven tyre wear on my 2009 Highlander?? Toyota

Highlanders usually go between 15-25k miles before needing tire replacement.

One suggestion is to bump the air pressure in your tires up to 35PSI vs. the recommended 30PSI.

There seem to be others with the same problem, maybe you can check out the forum at this link for more information.
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=265560

Posted on Nov 03, 2010

Testimonial: "Hey many thanks for the advice and link...I tried the pump up too but still an issue. All wear is on outside edge of tread. Will check out link !!"

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As the suspension is set, the axle does little more than provide drive. It doesn't affect toe-in or camber angle.

Camber angle (vertical tilt inwards) is a product of the suspension design, and often cannot be altered.

Weak front springs can also throw this angle out, as the vehicle sits too low.

Toe-in (forward point angle) can and must be set accurately, or you will skid about in wet weather depending which tyre grips more.

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Having tyres with a large contact area that are too rigid on the front will increase wear to the insides.

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If you choose a tyre with a harder tread compound, or ones with "C" at the end of the code, these will again last a lot longer.

Thanks for using Fixya!. If this provides an answer for you, please rate as such. Thanks.

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